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New history books in October 2023

by Anthony Webb, 1 November 2023

Fewer history books than normal were published in October - maybe it is a bit of a lull before the Christmas releases? But still nine to choose from, and most of them the product of years of hard work!

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Normal Women: 900 Years of Making History
A Nation Fermented: Beer, Bavaria, and the Making of Modern Germany
The Fall of the Aztecs: Adventures in Time
The Rest Is History: The Official Book from the Makers of the Hit Podcast
Volcanic: Vesuvius in the Age of Revolutions
Defectors: How the Illicit Flight of Soviet Citizens Built the Borders of the Cold War World
The Sisterhood: The Secret History of Women at the CIA
The Gambling Century: Commercial Gaming in Britain from Restoration to Regency
Justinian: Emperor, Soldier, Saint
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On my one-day-to-read list are:

  • The Fall of the Aztecs: Adventures in Time, by Dominic Sandbrook - I know this amazing and tragic story pretty well, but I would like my kids to know it too! Plus I have enjoyed a couple of other books in Sandbrook's Adventures in Time series.

  • Normal Women: 900 Years of Making History, by Philippa Gregory - A history of England (Britain?) since the Norman conquest shining the spotlight on women who haven't been part of the mainstream narrative. Given the authors creds I would assume that it is also very well written.

  • Volcanic: Vesuvius in the Age of Revolutions, by John Brewer - my youngest son is very into volcanoes at the moment so this one caught my eye. This book looks at the links between the rediscovery of Pompeii and Herculaneum (and subsequent fame of Vesuvius) and the explosive ideas swirling around the world in the 18th and 19th centuries.

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